Catholic schools celebrate across West suburbs

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The observance of Catholic Schools Week continues with activities and programs under the theme "Catholic Schools -- Faith. Academics. Service." through Sunday.

In a prepared message to the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop David A. Zubik said, "The celebration of Catholic Schools Week gives the Church and the community an opportunity to salute the success of our Catholic schools, and to thank all whose efforts make our Catholic schools centers of excellence in Catholic education."

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association. The annual observance began in 1974.

Many schools hold "dress up" or "dress down" days, in various forms. These frequently require a fee that is used to benefit the school or donated toward one of the many charitable organizations in the diocese, such as the Chimbote Mission in Peru, Catholic Charities, food banks and others.

During the week, schools have been celebrating with special Masses, community service projects, academic and artistic showcases, athletic and family events and open houses and registration so that the public can learn more about the value of Catholic education.

Here's a roundup of activities the rest of this week among West schools:

Divine Mercy Academy, Beaver Falls -- Various activities today will mark the 100th day of school and Groundhog Day. A special Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday with Scottish bagpiper Adam Valenti. It will be special persons day for grades K-3 and there will be a Gateway to the Arts presentation.

Holy Child, Bridgeville -- Today is Parish Feast Day and the children will celebrate Catholic Schools with an all-school children's Mass at 1. Friday is career day. The PTG has filled every period of the day from K to 8 volunteers who will come and speak with students about their careers and how they prepared for them.

Holy Trinity, Robinson -- Friday will be field trip day for students with a ski trip to Seven Springs for grades 6-8. The students in grades 3-5 will visit the Carnegie Science Center and grades K-2 will be going to the Children's Museum.

Quigley Catholic High School, Baden -- Faculty and staff appreciation day is today. Friday is parent appreciation day with Mass at 7:30 a.m. for parents and a continental breakfast afterward.

St. John the Baptist, Monaca -- Family appreciation day is today and Friday is student appreciation day.

St. Malachy, Kennedy -- Students will picnic in various locations around the school with family and friends at noon Friday.

St. Margaret of Scotland, Green Tree -- Students will have a buddy day and talent show today and an auction Friday.

SS. Peter and Paul, Beaver -- An ice cream social with dads serving is today, and Friday is faculty and staff appreciation day.

St. Philip School, Crafton -- Today marks 100 days of school with popcorn and virtues. Friday features an all-school liturgy, a program on the virtue of work, thank-you letters to parishioners, and a talent show by grades 6-8.

First Published February 2, 2012 10:15 AM


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